Harvard Health Letter

Stop leg wounds that don't heal

The easy fix that millions of people may be ignoring.

Each year millions of people struggle with painful, debilitating venous leg ulcers and the stages leading up to the condition. But prevention is simple. That's why doctors are now campaigning to reduce venous ulcers by 50%. "This is a longstanding problem that needs our attention," says Dr. Sherry Scovell, a vascular surgeon and instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Venous leg ulcers

Venous leg ulcers—open skin wounds that don't go away—usually occur on the inner side of the leg between the ankle and mid-calf. It takes a long time for them to develop, because they are the final stage in the progression of venous disease.

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